(Closed) The reception clean up?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
58 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2016 - Volunteer Park and the Stimson-Green Mansion

Our venue includes it, but if we didn’t we would have hired someone. Everyone is going to be tired and a little drunk at the end of the night, it’s a much better idea to let everyone go home and have someone else take care of the cleanup.

Post # 3
7598 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Of course you need to hire someone! Why on earth would you expect your loved ones to have to deal with the cleanup?

Post # 4
2027 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

We had a decorater and she handled the coordination of all the rentals, setting the room up, turning it over (ceremony and reception at the same place), and all aspects of clean up. My parents, sister, and bridesmaids still had to clear out the room we were using for all our personal items, but that didn’t take long at all. Everything else was handled by the decorater and it was money very well spent.

Post # 5
258 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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chrissybee:  We cleaned up after everyone left. Both sides close family members stayed to help, they also put decor up with us the night before. The venue took care of the trash and plates and cups but the decor was left for us to handle. Took no time at all with all the help. 

Post # 6
2097 posts
Buzzing bee

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chrissybee:  Oh man, mine was kind of a mess. Because I had  DIY type venue, and evetything was brought in, most of the table and chairs were rentals, etc. I had a day of coordinator who told me took care of all the “clean up” along with the caterers and bar people who kind of clean up after themselves. But of course I had purhcased all the alchohol/water/mixers and so I wanted the leftovers (well, i wanted the ALCHOHOL leftovers) so even though the coord had gathered all my stuff and put it into one place, I had to deal with all the stuff in that place, if it makes sense. It was basically the little building near the backyard where the bridal party gets ready that also has a little kitchen. So it was PACKED with everything I had ever bought for the wedding, every piece of decoration, every half drunk bottle of soda, every leftover bottle of water or box of half used folding fans… So we come back the morning afer the wedding and its 103 degrees outside and my new hubsand are going through all this sticky, dirty crap figuring out what is trash and what needs to be packed into the car. We also find out that while the Day of Cord meant well in putting all the rentals inside this little building (instead of leaving them on the lawn), the rental company actually wants to pick them up on the lawn and the venue needs the building cleaned out for their tours later that day. So DH and I are filling wheelbarrows with dishes and table clothes and moving everything back out to the lawn. We are drenched with sweat. Also, even though all teh vendros “disposed of the trash” the night before, we must have filled 20 or more bags with trash because it was late at night and they missed some stuff and now we have new trash, stuff we don’t want to keep. We did have help from the caretaker/janitor type person who was working at the venue. We tipped him in alchohol AND cash because he was doing A LOT and was at the venue past midnight doing all this stuff and again all day today. His job was tough and he had no helpers. So… just realize that “clean up” is kinda vague and make sure you work all that stuff out ahead of time, becuase I had NO IDEA how much was going to be invi=olved and then we were late to our own lunch gathering the day after the wedding and exhausted! Thank goodness the next night we left for our minimoon, I really needed it! 

Post # 7
1092 posts
Bumble bee

Our venue includes the clean up, the next day we just go and pick everything up which will be boxed the same way we delivered it. 

Post # 8
862 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

My family helped…I was a little stressed about it, but apparently it only took like 20 minutes with so many people helping!

Post # 9
1066 posts
Bumble bee

Clean up was done mostly by my coordinator and the caterer. The rental company came and picked up their own stuff and both sets of parents were there to fill up their cars and take everything home. I had to bring litterally everything to my venue (outdoor park) and it all had to be 100% cleared when they came to lock the park at 10 pm. There was at only one thing that was forgotten but from what I heard it all came down and got packed away in organized chaos. I would suggest a master list of things that need to come home.

My caterer was awesome and had his staff help with bagging up all the linens and extra plates, cups, etc (we brought our own) and the coordinator and her assistant directed everything while parents loaded the cars. From the time we left in the limo they had 1 hour to clear out and it all got done no problem.

I understand not wanting family to have to help but if you have gifts or decor or anything DIY that you want to keep you need to have someone there in charge of rounding all of that up that you trust. Most venues won’t let you leve anything there overnight and I wouldn’t trust or want a vendor to have to hold on to your stuff. 

Post # 10
2803 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

What kind of clean up do you need to do? I think bagging up decor and flowers is one thing, and that can be handled by family or friends (we are asking guests to take the centerpieces to avoid that hassle). But if you are talking about packing up tables, chairs, linens, sweeping etc.. Then I would hire someone.

Post # 14
2119 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Our planners took care of it. Thinking about dealing with setup and teardown stressed us out enough that it was the entire reason we hired planners in the first place.

Post # 15
1998 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I have a day of coordinator. Her team will take of of set up and clean up. I agree its not something you want your family and bridal party to do. 

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